JEDDAH: Muslim countries’ use of education to combat terror and extremism will be explored in a two-day conference organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The forum will begin on Tuesday under the theme “The Role of Education in Combating Terrorism,” with the OIC represented by the Sawt Al-Hikmah (Voice of Wisdom) Center and Naif Arab University for Security Sciences.
Efforts by several nations to counter extremism and terrorism by revamping education will be reviewed at the conference.
Education specialists and academics will analyze steps to develop teaching systems that encourage a culture of tolerance and coexistence, and discuss the role educational institutions play in promoting ideas based on principles of peace, fellowship, and confronting violence and extremism.
Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the OIC secretary-general, said that the conference takes place at a time when violent extremism that has plagued the Muslim world is on the rise.
He said it was essential to consider the ways in which education systems faced up to this phenomenon, which is “categorically alien to our societies.”
Earlier, the Saudi Cabinet reinforced its determination to confront hate speech, calling on the international community to take a tough stance against those attempting to spread hate, extremism and violence.